Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lede: When a House has a History

Barbra Streisand once paid $176,000 for its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed desk. A wealthy media heir was once kidnapped there and buried alive. On Tuesday, a pair of leaded-glass windows, which were removed from its dining room sideboard years ago, sold for $15,000 at Christie’s art auction house in New York City.

Like other storied Wright homes, the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee (left) has had brushes with celebrity and tragedy. Now, after decades of painstaking restoration carried out by a series of owners, a University of Illinois architecture professor and his wife want to turn the house over to local activists who envision transforming the grand but little-known home into a house museum and arts education center.

Chicago Tribune
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